Main page content
preference for, preference in, in preference to
One has a preference for one choice over another.
- Zita enjoys mysteries but has a preference for spy novels set in eastern Europe.
One has a preference in, meaning “favourite.”
- What is Alma’s preference in exotic foods?
The phrase in preference to, which introduces an option that has been rejected, can be replaced by the preposition over.
- The officer chose undercover drug investigations in preference to (or over) international security.
Copyright notice for Writing Tips Plus
© Her Majesty the Queen in Right of Canada, represented by the Minister of Public Services and Procurement
A tool created and made available online by the Translation Bureau, Public Services and Procurement Canada